Features Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| April 7, 2015| 2.48 pm IST Poorna Jagannathan, of “Delhi Belly” and US TV series "House of Cards" fame, has revealed that she was sexually abused as a child and as a young adult. In a video for World Bank’s WEvolve campaign, she said that her first experience of sexual abuse was at the age of nine by a family friend. The daughter of a diplomat, she also had to deal with an alcoholic father. In the video she speaks about feeling helpless as it was someone close to the family who was harming her. "There was a neighbour and family friend who got his hands on me. He obviously told me not to tell anyone. I have encountered so many incidents as a child and as a young adult. They were violent but I wouldn’t speak about it. There was a code that you wouldn’t talk about it.” She also speaks of her harrowing experience in Delhi buses and says, "... You enter into that cage and what happens inside is totally out of your control." Video of X4-QUVcTFOk She attempts to empower other women to break their silence, "when you break the silence you break the cycle of violence." Many other celebrities, such as Kalki Koechlin, Somy Ali, Anurag Kashyap, Sophia Hayat and Anoushka Shankar, have come forward with their experiences of being sexually abused. Some users and even Bollywood producers on Twitter reacted to the video and supported Jagannathan for her courage in speaking about the issue.

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